Search Results: "Val Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY IN THE BOTTLE by Val Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Again, Shelley's imaginative, skillfully drawn illustrations—and especially his witty, detailed borders: comical extensions of the story and of the characters' inner lives—are outstanding. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Bobby Bell, endearing enfant terrible of The Secret in the Matchbox (1988), returns, his inventive curiosity still being mistaken for mischief. Read full book review >

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WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

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THREAD OF THE SPIDER by Val Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"There's plenty here for conspiracy buffs; others might give it a miss."
Still jobless and looking for something to do while her resumé makes the rounds, historical archaeologist Nicolette "Nick" Scott joins her father, Elliott, the world's leading Anasazi scholar, and Fremont Indian expert Dr. Reed Austin as they poke around Utah caves last entered by Hyrum Boyce at the turn of the last century. Read full book review >

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REPORT FOR MURDER by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Clumsy plotting, relentlessly verbose characters, and a sluggish pace don't help Lindsay's overextended debut outing—one of the author's lesser efforts."
The first US publication of a novel that appeared in 1987 in England. Read full book review >

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OPEN AND SHUT by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1991

"A flat follow-up to McDermid's more engaging Report for Murder."
Who killed blackmailing, bisexual Alison Maxwell? Read full book review >

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CRACK DOWN by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Kate's detection is more dogged than inspired, but the northern England working-class background is chillingly plausible, and Kate's wry humor as welcome as ever."
The first indication Birmingham PI Kate Brannigan gets that things have gone wrong with her rock-journalist boyfriend, Richard Barclay—who's been posing as her husband in order to expose a scheme to defraud automakers' loan companies of short-term interest—is a call she receives from his solicitor in the dead of night. Read full book review >

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Reflections of a Successful Dropout by Val Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2012

"Barry's upbeat attitude and clear prose make this memoir a pleasant, enjoyable read."
A real estate mogul's good-natured memoir and guide to salesmanship. Read full book review >

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FEVER OF THE BONE by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"As usual in McDermid, there's so much going on—including an ancient, unsolved triple homicide and Tony's stumbling attempts to come to terms with the late father who never acknowledged him—that fans of the British procedural will find their cup running over."
Under pressure from every side, DCI Carol Jordan, who heads Bradfield CID's major incident team, and profiler Dr. Tony Hill are forced to work out a new series of relationships with each other. Read full book review >

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CLEAN BREAK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The Kerrchem quagmire, though, is a mess even when she gets done mopping up."
What does the theft of Lord Henry Naismith's prize Monetthe latest of a well-oiled series of art robberies from some of England's finest homeshave to do with a lethal spate of industrial extortion over at Kerrchem, Trevor Kerr's cleaning- chemical company? Read full book review >

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INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"McDermid keeps all three of these pots simmering, raising the heat in agonizingly tiny increments, until she's ready for a finale guaranteed to leave you reeling."
Back on the job as head of the newly formed regional Major Incident Team, DCI Carol Jordan (Splinter the Silence, 2015, etc.) is tested to the max by the Wedding Killer. Read full book review >